DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte is putting her one-year salary amounting to PHP2.1 million in a trust fund to help the front-liners of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In a radio interview on Tuesday, Mayor Sara said the decision came after Dr. Leopoldo Vega, chief of SPMC, disclosed that 12 of 300 medical workers at the state-run hospital have been infected with the virus.
However, Vega said 10 of the 12 infected health workers have been discharged while the remaining two were still confined at the SPMC with mild symptoms.
Their admission to the hospital and medications, like all other patients with coronavirus in the city, are being shouldered by the city government.
With the decision of the regional policymakers to make SPMC as the only hospital to accept Covid-19 cases, Duterte said she felt accountable for what happened to the front-liners.
“Somehow I felt involved because it was me who told the Department of Health (DOH) that we only use SPMC. When I read the announcement of Dr. Vega that there were 12 (who tested positive), I was heartbroken. So I thought of what I can do for them,” Sara said.
She said she would give PHP50,000 to each of the Covid-stricken SPMC front-liners.
“With what they go through, they need to pamper themselves. They buy whatever they want with that money. I know that their worries, fear, and inconvenience cannot be compensated in any way, but at least they have money to buy things that would make them feel better,” Sara said.
As of Tuesday, the city had a total of 90 Covid-19 cases, 52 of whom have already recovered, and 14 have died. (PNA)